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    Polite way to say not to make that mistake again

    What is the polite way to email an employee who made an mistake in the work saying "don't make this mistake again"

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    Re: Polite way to say not to make that mistake again

    Quote Originally Posted by cherran View Post
    What is the polite way to email an employee who made an mistake in the work saying "don't make this mistake again"
    There are various ways to handle it, depending on your management style, ranging from the dove-ish ('I know you haven't been here long, and I'm sure you won't let it happen again. I had to deal with a similar problem when I was a rookie, and here's what my manager suggested I should do. <etc: explanation of how to handle it>...', to the hawk-ish (what was I just saying in another thread about writing shorter sentences? ) "People only get to make that mistake once! If you value your job, don't let it happen again'). Whichever point on the continuum you choose, I've underlined the 5 crucial (common) words.

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    PS Even nastier: 'You've heard of "Three strikes and you're out"? Well make that two.'
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    Re: Polite way to say not to make that mistake again

    Even gentler, say "for future reference..."

    That should instruct any intelligent employee that you are correcting their behavior.

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    Re: Polite way to say not to make that mistake again

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Even gentler, say "for future reference..."

    That should instruct any intelligent employee that you are correcting their behavior.
    In that case, this method will correct only a fraction of the workforce.

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    Re: Polite way to say not to make that mistake again

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In that case, this method will correct only a fraction of the workforce.
    Indeed. It's a depressing thought that nearly half the world's population is of below average intelligence.

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    Re: Polite way to say not to make that mistake again

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Indeed. It's a depressing thought that nearly half the world's population is of below average intelligence.

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    Fortunately, it's the other half.

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